4. A cosmetic; a creamlike medicinal preparation.
In vain she tries her paste and creams,
To smooth her skin or hide its seams.
5. The best or choicest part of a thing; the quintessence; as, the cream of a jest or story; the cream of a
collection of books or pictures.
Welcome, O flower and cream of knights errant. Bavarian cream, a preparation of gelatin, cream, sugar, and eggs, whipped; to be eaten cold.
Cold cream, an ointment made of white wax, almond oil, rose water, and borax, and used as a salve
for the hands and lips. Cream cheese, a kind of cheese made from curd from which the cream has
not been taken off, or to which cream has been added. Cream gauge, an instrument to test milk,
being usually a graduated glass tube in which the milk is placed for the cream to rise. Cream nut,
the Brazil nut. Cream of lime. (a) A scum of calcium carbonate which forms on a solution of milk
of lime from the carbon dioxide of the air. (b) A thick creamy emulsion of lime in water. Cream of
tartar (Chem.), purified tartar or argol; so called because of the crust of crystals which forms on the
surface of the liquor in the process of purification by recrystallization. It is a white crystalline substance,
with a gritty acid taste, and is used very largely as an ingredient of baking powders; called also potassium
bitartrate, acid potassium tartrate, etc.
(Cream), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Creamed (kr?md); p. pr. & vb. n. Creaming.]
1. To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream.
2. To take off the best or choicest part of.
3. To furnish with, or as with, cream.
Creaming the fragrant cups. To cream butter (Cooking), to rub, stir, or beat, butter till it is of a light creamy consistency.
(Cream), v. i. To form or become covered with cream; to become thick like cream; to assume the
appearance of cream; hence, to grow stiff or formal; to mantle.
There are a sort of men whose visages
Do cream and mantle like a standing pool.
(Cream"cake`) n. (Cookery) A kind of cake filled with custard made of cream, eggs, etc.
(Cream"-col`ored) a. Of the color of cream; light yellow. "Cream- colored horses." Hazlitt.
(Cream"er*y) n.; pl. Creameries [CF. F. crmeric.]
1. A place where butter and cheese are made, or where milk and cream are put up in cans for market.
2. A place or apparatus in which milk is set for raising cream.
3. An establishment where cream is sold.
(Cream"-faced`) a. White or pale, as the effect of fear, or as the natural complexion.
Thou cream-faced loon.
(Cream"-fruit`) n. (Bot.) A plant of Sierra Leone which yields a wholesome, creamy juice.
(Cream"i*ness) n. The quality of being creamy.
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